When you get off the subway in New York City you better have a clear destination in mind with a route mapped out or prepare to be trampled by natives who do. Everyone is in a perpetual rush and break is not a common word in our dictionary. After all, this is the city that never sleeps. We’re too busy making dreams come true to find a moment to relax. And I must admit I am no different. With the release of my first fashion line approaching, Boutique On 57 and my raw chocolate business, there is hardly time to catch a wink of sleep. I am constantly traveling to find the latest designer clothing to bring back to you at discounted prices. But as a health educator, I am also well aware of the importance of rest and relaxation, as well as the consequences of the lack thereof. Because I refuse to give up any of my dreams, as none of us should, I have had to find a way to relieve stress in my life that allows me to regain my sanity and focus. How, you ask? One word: meditation. Meditation is a very useful tool to add to your daily routine for multiple reasons and there are multiple techniques. With a little research, you can find the best option for you. Whether it be 45 minutes of yoga, gazing at nature or a short, deep breathing exercise, you will soon find yourself wreaking benefits. Meditation has been known to help with a lot of health-related problems including depression, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure and general pain. It is the most inexpensive (really, it can cost nothing) treatment for all of these issues and one faced by almost everyone, stress. It is a very simple skill in managing stress and increases self-awareness, allowing us to focus on the present and reduce negative emotions. Perhaps you need to clear your mind before bed to catch a few extra Z’s. Maybe you’ve been searching for a new perspective on a work project. Or you might just be looking to restore your inner peace on your lunch hour. No problem – the benefits of meditation are unlimited so give it a try! P.S. As always I would like to hear from you what relaxes you? How do you come down your nerves? Share your tips comments, and suggestions with the rest of us.